Severe Thunderstorms Move Through Chicago Area; 1 Killed, 3 Injured

Severe Thunderstorms Move Through Chicago Area; 1 Killed, 3 Injured
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Rapidly moving thunderstorms swept through the Chicago area, resulting in large hail and high winds Sunday afternoon. The severe weather conditions also caused destruction to property.


1 Killed, Three Injured

One person was killed, three were injured, and another 17 to 20 were transported to area hospitals when a tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest near Wood Dale Junior High, 656 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale Deputy Police Chief Mike Rivas said.

According to NBC Chicago, the victims were aged between 20 and 60.

There is a possibility that more thunderstorms will strike in the area Sunday night.

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The National Weather Service said the storms could bring lightening, hail, and high winds of up to 60 miles per hour. The agency further said the storms are expected to occur by 7 p.m., and that they are likely to move to the south and southeast.

The storms on Sunday afternoon downed several trees in the northern suburbans and Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.

‘I Hope The Survivors Are Going To Be OK’

Tracy Anderson’s husband was to perform at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest. She said her husband saw the tent blow up and land. Several chairs and tables had started to move around and fly as well.

“The tarp landed on several people, and rescuers started cutting holes to get them out,” Anderson said. She further added at least six ambulances and eight firetrucks had arrived at the scene, as reported by Chicago Tribune.

“I hope the survivors are going to be OK,” she said. “I’m so thankful my family wasn’t injured, but it’s a sad day.”

Widespread Power Outages

In addition to felling trees, the storms also caused widespread power outages in the area. More than 38,000 residents were affected as of about 6 p.m. ComEd spokesman David O’Dowd said 20,000 of these included residents in the area and another 18,000 in the north region.

According to ABC 7 Chicago, the debris accumulated on the tracks between Howard and Granville caused a temporary suspension of the Red Line. Delays were experienced in certain trains.

Although the Lollapalooza was temporarily evacuated from Grant Park as the storm approached, the music resumed playing at 3:30 p.m. and visitors returned to the event.

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